Food, treats, and goodies
you probably have all settled in to a good routine and are starting to really see your pups likes and dislikes. Each one is so different. And so is their body. I start every one on the merrick because that is what Bella likes. We have tried many many different foods. Merrick is a great brand. I know they have had a couple recalls mostly in their canned line. And yes they did get bought out by purina but they have not changed anything. And don't plan too. They are a very small company. Merrick does make a nice treat line. But like most people you get to a point were you have to decide what is your price point. That is why I make a lot of my own treats. It is cheaper. Over the next couple months you each will have to decide what treats to give and what to spend. But I want to bring up a topic I don't discuss much and that is alergies and sensitive stomachs. Twice in the last week I've been contacted by owners asking and telling me issues about sensitive stomachs. This is not uncommon. Each dog is different just like kids. Bella has a stomach of steel. She could eat anything. Curly gets constipated. But things can get severe. You need to introduce treats gradually. One at a time. And a small amount. This way you know if you have an issue. Now some pups can get very ill quick. Dehydrated is a big issue if they are vomitting or have diahea. You may need to go to vet. Just remember to do small amounts. And watch for signs. Look at poo. Poor swazy had a bad reaction to pepperoni treats and ended up at emergency vet. Daisy from first litter has a really sensitive stomach and gets diahea easily from anything different. So I just wanted to do a quick blog and update everyone as you settle in and start giving treats. Because if you are starting a training class they will ask you to bring treats along. I really like the expensive freeze dried liver tubs for training classes. They are small and dry and easy to give. I know they are $30 a tub. But they last forever and are great small treats!!! I only use these at class. That way it's something different and special. And liver is usually a food that most are ok with and don't have issues with.
8/29/2016 08:10:16 pm
Great tip April! I've been giving Ozzie little carrots, apple slices and otherwise sticking to the the treats you included in your puppy bag along with the Merrick treats I purchased. I also boiled liver and cut it in small chunks and then froze flat in a plastic bag. Each morning I break off a small chunk and Ozzie loves it...kind of the frozen thing and liver combo. Making sweet potato treats this week. There are some easy recipes online. So far our boy has a good stomach.
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